Tycoons Strong Third Period Propels Them to Fifth Straight Win
May 27th, 2021
The red-hot HKBN Hong Kong Tycoons used a strong third to capture their fifth win in a row and put distance between themselves and the AsiaXPAT Kowloon Warriors for second place in the CIHL standings. CIHL leading point-scorer Nicholas Weberg registered seven points, while teammate Lucas Eshleman netted a hat trick in the win. The Warriors are off for two weeks before a scheduled rematch against the Tycoons.
An eventful first period saw defenseman Aaron Liu open the scoring for the Tycoons, with Weberg being credited with the only helper. Nearly two minutes later, David Belluche would even the score for the Warriors, after burying a backdoor feed from Jason Klotz. Only 18 seconds after the Belluche equalizer, Jake McDonnell batted another backdoor feed out of mid-air to give the Warriors their first lead of the evening. The Tycoons would answer back, as Eshleman would score his first of the evening, with an assist again going to Weberg. With the score tied at two apiece, Devin Welsh would skate coast-to-coast and break the tie after going blocker-side to give the Warriors a 3-2 lead heading into intermission.
The Warriors lead, however, would be short-lived. Eshleman would strike again for the Tycoons to kick-off the second period scoring, with an assist going to Preston Kwok. Only 30 seconds later, Kwok would again be credited with a primary assist, and Weberg tallied a goal of his own to make the score 4-3 for the Tycoons. The see-saw scoring continued as Belluche would net his second of the evening to tie the game at 4. The highlight-reel goal saw Belluche skate coast-to-coast, split the defense, and freeze the goaltender with a deke before sliding home the tying goal for the Warriors. The middle period came to a close with the score deadlocked at 4.
The wheels fell off for the Warriors in the third, as the Tycoons poured on the pressure - and the goals. The first two third period goals would go to Eshleman, to complete his hat trick, and Captain Jonathan Szychta. Jason Wong would score the only goal for the Warriors in the period, to bring his team within one. The comeback attempt would be short lived, as the Tycoons scored the last three goals of the period, with Kwok picking up a tally, and Weberg closing the scoring with two consecutive goals. The game would end with the Tycoons defeating the Warriors by a score of 9-5.
Raymond Loo, filling in for injured starter Ashley Bock, had 24 saves in the loss. Emerson Keung, made 23 saves of his own in the victory. The Tycoons, who have secured a spot in the playoffs, are still in the hunt for the number one overall playoff seed - and a coveted bye to the finals in Discovery Bay. The Warriors will look to avenge the loss when they face the Tycoons in their next game, while still jockeying for playoff positioning. The Tycoons will face the struggling Scotiabank South China Sharks this Thursday night at Mega Ice.
3 Stars of the Game:
1. Tycoons - Lucas Eshleman: 3G + 2A
2. Tycoons - Nicholas Weberg: 3G + 4A
3. Warriors - Jack McDonnell: 1G + 1A